I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Published by HarperTeen on March 17, 2020
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This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.
Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.
Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?
Today I am bringing you three YA mystery books review books that I got from Edelweiss and recently read. Enjoy!
In All Your Twisted Secrets we have the typical group of teens gather together to learn that must fight for their lives. In this one it’s an odd selections of teens from valedictorian to school loser and none of them have a clue why they are brought together except that they all got an invitation about a scholarship. They soon realize there is no scholarship but instead they have a note with a syringe and a bomb. It says pick one to die or everyone will die.
With their lives on the line it test them to see what they are made of, would it be easy to just pick one of them to die? Amber is determined that they all make it out alive. While others seem perfectly fine with just bumping one off so they can get out of there. They have an hour to make their decision and the room they are in is getting really hot which also plays with their moods.
This was a decent run of the mill young adult mystery and it’s told in the povs of each teen and in past and present to put together a story about why each one has been brought to that room. I was hoping for some big twist at the end but it wasn’t really that hard to figure out who had planned everything out as you read about each teen.
There is not a lot of character depth so you don’t really care much about what happens to them. I will admit I was curious to see if I had guess right and that is what kept me reading. This was the authors debut novel so I will be curious to see how her next novel goes.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Clique Bait by Ann Valett
on April 28, 2020
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Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett.
Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that’s left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.
Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she’s determined to destroy.
Clique Bait is a story of revenge. We know something has happened to Chloe’s best friend Monica but we don’t find out exactly what that is till the end. Chloe wants revenge of the level ones, they are the elite of the school. Monica always wanted to be one of them though Chloe never did. Monica got her wish but things didn’t go well and now Chloe is ready to bring them down for her friend.
At the beginning of each chapter we get a note that Chloe has written to Monica that tells a few things about what has happened and what Chloe is going to do. First thing she has to do is get into level one and she does that by blackmailing Will into being her boyfriend. She has erased everything that could link her to Monica and starts dressing differently so that she can fit in with them.
Couple things she didn’t figure on happening was finding out how good it could feel to be a level one and falling for one of those she plans to take down. Her game plan is to get as much dirt on the group as she can so that she can reveal all their dirty secrets to the whole school.
I liked Chloe and could understand her need for revenge but I also think she didn’t know her friend as well as she thought and not sure she deserved revenge. The ending was a bit anticlimactic when we finally find out what happened to Monica. I almost gave this 3.5 stars but then I got to thinking about the ending more and I feel like the author took the easy way out and there was not big twist or anything. I can’t really say why or it would spoil the ending but I just was expecting something a bit different.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 14, 2020
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meets Riverdale in this twisty atmospheric mystery from the critically acclaimed author of A Lite Too Bright, Samuel Miller, about the search for a missing girl at an elite prep school.
Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move.
Emma stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight during mass, everyone notices.
And everyone becomes a suspect, especially at a school with so many rules: Don’t skip mass. Don’t break curfew. Don’t go into the woods.
Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found.
As the search continues, the students start to realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets, too—secrets bigger than any of the students could have imagined, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth . . . if anyone can find her.
Redemption Prep started out fairly interesting (though still your run of the mill YA mystery) then got a little bit boring and then totally tanked at the end.
Redemption Prep is a place where the elite of the elite attend so to be among them you have to have something really going for you. If I remember right it has three povs, you have Evan the creepy stalker, Aiden the boyfriend and Neesha the roommate. There is also some transcriptions usually at the beginning of the chapters of students being interviewed as they try to find out where Emma disappeared too.
Each wants to find out what happened to Emma but they also have their own reason for wanting to find her. Emma knows a lot about them and their secrets. Through the three povs we find out a little about who Emma is and some of the reasons why she is missing and then farther into the story you find out a few things about Redemption Prep and why type of school it really is.
It really was like most of your average YA mystery books as someone has gone missing and then there are those that want to find her and everyone has secrets to protect. Then the ending happened and I think that is probably where the twin peaks reference goes as it got seriously freaky weird but not in a good way more in a what am I reading way. It really had me wishing I would have quit before I got to the end as it was learning towards at least 3 stars but the end ruined everything for me. There really wasn’t much in the way of mystery to this one either.